The Greater Good Soil

If you have ever gardened, you know that soil conditions matter.

Jesus, as recorded in the gospel of Mark chapter four, teaches a massive crowd as he stands on a boat just off shore. He speaks of the Sower and the seed. He uses the ordered functions of creation (cf. Genesis 1: 11-12; Ps. 104:14) to illustrate. The crowd hears of four scenarios for seed that is sown.

The first three scenarios: seed laying by the path is eaten by birds, seed on rocky soil springs up and withers away, and seed sown among the thorns is unable to grow and produce a harvest. The fourth scenario is of seed on good soil.

The good soil receives the seed and produces a harvest of varying increases up to one-hundred-fold. One could say that the outcome from the good soil is for the greater good. But, what about outcomes from the first three scenarios? We may get a hint from what happens next.

The evening of that same day, Jesus and the disciples sailed over the sea to the land of the Gerasene’s.

As they get out of their boats, they are immediately confronted by a man with an unclean spirit. He was emerging from a graveyard which is where he lived. No one had been able to restrain him, not even with chains. He’d often been bound with chains and shackles; but he tore up the chains and snapped the shackles. No one had the strength to tame him. On and on, night and day he shouted out from the graveyard and the hillside and slashed himself with stones. (Mk 5: 1-20)

A seed putting down roots into good soil, sprouts and grows and produces a harvest for the greater good. And a man who has put down roots in a graveyard, his humanity defaced by his choices to let evil in, produces shouts and screams and endless trouble for everyone. The contrast of outcomes illustrates that the soil of one’s life matters

For good soil, composition matters.

• Good soil tilth.
• Sufficient depth
• Proper levels of nutrients
• Good drainage
• Large populations of beneficial organisms
• Resistance to weeds and degradation
• Resilient when unfavorable conditions occur

 From:  Soil Health: What Makes Good Soil? – Countryside (iamcountryside.com)

Add to the good soil attributes above the humus of humility, a fertilized imagination and a desire to be cultivated. In other words: you have ears to ear, you see God working, and you work with God.

And, of course, good soil surrounds us. It has existed since the beginning of time. Good soil must be preserved and cared for. But the good soil of civilization is being threatened by Progressives and the advocates of the Build Back Better New World Order.

The acid-rain they produce will remove the life-producing minerals and nutrients found in good soil civilization. And then life will become arid, barren, desert-like and unsuitable for growth. We may find ourselves living in a graveyard shouting day and night and slashing ourselves with stones.

In the following video, English philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020) speaks from a humanities viewpoint about what civilization offers. Progressives will pooh-pooh what Scruton says. They are the high-minded with no root in themselves.

Now, add to good soil civilization the values of integrity, dignity and community. These three values were sown into the soil of my life during elementary school in Chicago during the fifties and sixties and by my parents and the church. These values were sown by the caretakers of good soil civilization. These days, it seems that the number of good caretakers is diminishing. Being thought of as a Progressive and avant-garde and “not-one-of-them” seems to be the fashion.

The Left champions itself as revolutionary in approach. Those on the Left assume they know all there is to know. They talk down to people. They produce 3rd grade level communications. They pay no attention to what the past has given us or what they will pass on to future generations. The present is theirs to rework the good soil in order to produce the crops of collectivist kitsch they so desire.

Progressives work to destroy the created order to impose their creation of disorder and dysfunction, e.g., males participating in women’s sports.

As a reminder . . .  So far under Joe Biden – a short list:

-Record Inflation.

-Mandates galore.

-Disaster in Afghanistan.

-Supply shortages.

-Russia invading Ukraine.

-USA a joke on the world stage.

Progressivism’s ideological weeds choke out the sun so that nothing can grow under its canopy. Hence, Progressive’s use of uncertainty and fear to produce ideological outcomes.

In the past two years there are those on the Left who have sown the good soil with dishonesty, disrespect, and division. Dr. Robert Malone voiced his concern about this during his Defeat the Mandates speech in Washington, D.C. He emphasized good soil civilization ethics:

Integrity is a commitment to truth . . .”

Dignity flows from respect for ourselves, for others and the world we live in “

Community is what binds us together, to each other, and gives our lives purpose and meaning”

“. . . a commitment to truth . . . “ Good soil life and good soil civilization require truth.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote his essay Live Not by Lies while still living in the Soviet Union. The day after the text was released, he was exiled to the West. I have included a pdf copy of his essay below.

What follows is a quote from the essay followed by Solzhenitsyn’s proposals to meet his challenge:

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice:  Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood—of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies—or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries. . . .

· Will not write, sign, nor publish in any way, a single line distorting, so far as he can see, the truth;

· Will not utter such a line in private or in public conversation, nor read it from a crib sheet, nor speak it in the role of educator, canvasser, teacher, actor;

· Will not in painting, sculpture, photograph, technology, or music depict, support, or broadcast a single false thought, a single distortion of the truth as he discerns it;

· Will not cite in writing or in speech a single “guiding” quote for gratification, insurance, for his success at work, unless he fully shares the cited thought and believes that it fits the context precisely;

· Will not be forced to a demonstration or a rally if it runs counter to his desire and his will; will not take up and raise a banner or slogan in which he does not fully believe;

· Will not raise a hand in vote for a proposal which he does not sincerely support; will not vote openly or in secret ballot for a candidate whom he deems dubious or unworthy;

· Will not be impelled to a meeting where a forced and distorted discussion is expected to take place;

· Will at once walk out from a session, meeting, lecture, play, or film as soon as he hears the speaker utter a lie, ideological drivel, or shameless propaganda;

· Will not subscribe to, nor buy in retail, a newspaper or journal that distorts or hides the underlying facts.

The Greater Good Soil. Live Not by Less.

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Episode_1655 Regime Politics, Canada trucker convoy

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Informed Dissent:

CDC data signaling vaccine catastrophe (wnd.com)

Our Country’s New “Race-based” Healthcare System is a “Hate Crime” Against White People – Revolver

Open Letter to the Canadian Truckers. (substack.com)

Teacher unions are not qualified to set public health policy

Letter from a Coerced Mother – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Highly acclaimed peer-reviewed Bangladesh study shows that masks don’t work at all (substack.com)

New York Times Bombshell – CDC hiding COVID Vaccine data (rumble.com)

JUST IN – Large German health insurance company analyzed data from 10.9 million insured individuals regarding vaccination complications. The new data is “alarming,” says BKK board member Schöfbeck in a report by WELT.

Board member of large German insurance company blows the whistle on COVID vaccines (substack.com)

Don’t be Brain Dead – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Democrats think, not in terms of freedom, but in terms of control:

“I’m gratified that the Supreme Court vacated the lower court’s restraining order, meaning that if a school mask mandate needs to go into effect in the future, we continue to have that authority. I’m also extremely pleased to say that because the CDC has recommend that masks are needed only in areas of high transmission, the State of Illinois will move forward to remove our school mask mandate, effective Monday. We will recommend that school districts follow CDC guidance and will update our existing guidance in the coming days. (Emphasis mine)

-J. B “Jelly Belly” Pritzker, Governor of ILLANNOY

Pritzker: Illinois school mask mandate being lifted on Monday | FOX 2 (fox2now.com)

The Lefties are all about thmeselves:

VIDEO: Texas Middle School Teacher: “Those Conservative Christians Need to Get COVID and Die” (substack.com)

Parents are homeschooling:

HUH?

Meet the rabbi ‘queering’ religion at Jesuit Catholic USF – J. (jweekly.com)

Black gay priest in NYC challenges Catholicism from within | AP News

#FlushTurdeau

Canadian lawmakers extend emergency powers act for truck protests : NPR

Watch Live | Canadian Parliament votes 185-151 to approve Trudeau National Emergency… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Civil forfeiture for the sake of civil forfeiture? FBI seizing your day:

The FBI Seized Almost $1 Million From This Family—and Never Charged Them With a Crime (reason.com)

Truth for Health Foundation – A 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in Arizona, USA

Parallel Economy:

The Parallel Economy Fund – Gab News

Major Pastors Rebuke David French Over His Repeated Criticism Of Churches And ‘White Evangelicals’ | The Daily Wire

Your money:

Diversification: The Most Underrated Investing Superpower (birchgold.com)

Rate Hikes Ahead – What Should Savers Do? (birchgold.com)

The Next Market Crash Is Overdue, and Will Be Catastrophic (birchgold.com)

Have Investors Been Mispricing Gold’s Investment Value? (birchgold.com)

The war on cash is a global effort being waged on many fronts. My view is that the war on cash is dangerous in terms of lost privacy and the risk of government confiscation of wealth.

The War on Cash Entering Bold New Phase – The Daily Reckoning

Andrew Torba, CEO of GAB social at AFPAC:

I disagree with Andrew on this one point: God’s kingdom has begun on earth, as Jesus announced (Mark 1:15).

AFPAC 3 || Andrew Torba: Builders for the Kingdom of God | Three Spoons (gab.com)

Don’t Adjust the Contrast

 

From a humanities perspective, God’s word to us is a study in contrasts. Distinctions of people, places and things are noted on page after page. The Creator, who dwells in unapproachable light, provided those created in His image with eyes to see and ears to hear so as to discern the dissimilarities with a handbook of juxtapositions as a guide. And so, we read of light and darkness, good and evil, love and hatred and much, much more. Let’s take a look. 

At the beginning of the God and human narrative one can read of a void and then a creation, of night and day, of sea and dry land, of heaven and earth, of human and animal, of male and female, of right and wrong choices, and of the garden and not the garden.

Later we learn of Egypt and the Promised Land and of leeks and garlic and of milk and honey.

Israel is given the Ten Commandments to contrast right from wrong behavior towards God and others.

Slavery or freedom are predominant alternatives posed to Israel.

Israel must choose between serving idols or serving the One True God.

The Torah provides Godly practices to do and unclean pagan practices to avoid.

The Psalms of Solomon (eighteen psalms) serve a didactic role as they describe the ways of sinners and their end and the way of the righteous and their end.

The wisdom literature of Proverbs encourages us to consider the ways of the wise and the foolish.

Ecclesiastes talks about contrasting seasons and perspectives.

The prophets reminded Israel of the alienating contrast between seeking God’s hometown blessing through obedience and exile from the City of Peace because of disobedience. Isaiah contrasts the fate of the Babylonians and Israel (Is. 26).

Daniel the scribe presents us his account of dreams and visions which contrast beastly rulers and beastly empires with the coming righteous and just reign of the Son of Man.

The intertestamental Jewish writings repeat and augment the differences found in the Old Testament:

Unrighteous rulers and the Messiah; Antiochus IV Epiphanes and The King of the Universe (2 Maccabees)

Fallen angels and holy ones of God (1 Enoch 15)

The fate of the unrighteous and the righteous at the time of the resurrection and judgment (4 Ezra 7).

 

The Gospels record the polarizing life and teaching of Jesus. Here, briefly, are some of the dichotomies Jesus presents through parables and encounters:

Sand and rock.

Lost and found.

Blind and seeing.

Out of your mind and in your right mind.

Pride and humility.

Wheat and chaff.

Sheep and goats.

Water and wine and the best wine.

Blessings (Matthew 5) and woes (Matthew 23).

Virtue signaling righteousness and honest to goodness righteousness.

Truth and untruth.

The world and the kingdom of God.

The self-righteous and the humble.

The wide way and the narrow way.

Faith and sight.

Life and death.

First and last.

There is a contrast within no contrast: the rain falls on the just and the unjust.

The fierceness of Jesus’ gaze and his tears over Jerusalem and at a funeral.

(Jesus does not contrast the rich and poor as do Progressives based on their power-gathering political ideology. Instead, Jesus contrasted the poverty of material mindedness with the richness of righteousness mindedness.)

 

The Epistles continue the contrast narrative begun in the Old Testament and reiterated in the Jewish writings between the testaments. With this univocal background and the unequivocal words of Jesus, the writers of the epistles provide the theology and practical application of the Kingdom of God on earth using opposites. Here is a list of some those:

The righteous and the unrighteous.

The justified and the unjust.

The reprobate and the rescued

Those who have exchanged truth for a lie and those who dwell in truth.

Those who do not acknowledge God and those who

Those with a stubborn and unrepentant heart and those who “by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life”.

The glorious inheritance in Christ and the minimum wage of death

There are those who say you may have faith but I have works and those who show their faith by their works.

Those who live by faith and those who live by sight.

Those who say one thing and do another and those who love in word and deed.

False teaching and teaching that has been handed down.

The physical body and the spiritual body.

The body used for immorality and the body as the temple of God.

Saints and sinners.

The Levitical priesthood and Melchizedek’s priesthood.

Light and darkness.

Throughout Scripture we read of the people of God and the enemies of God. The opposing forces clash in the last days. They and the whole universe reach a summing point in Jesus.

 

The Apostle John, in The Revelation of Jesus Christ, testifies that mankind’s entrenched polar opposites come together for the Lord of the Universe’s final division:

The letter begins with a heart-stopping contrast: “I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!”

Seven letters to churches delineate “well done” times and sharp warnings about dysfunctional times.

John’s apocalyptic letter details…

Those written in the book of life and those not written in the book of life.

Hades and Heaven.

The lake of fire and the river of the water of life.

Demonic forces and angels.

Satan and the Son of Man.

The Beast and the Lamb.

A war to end all wars and a peace to end all wars.

The lion and the lamb.

 

Despite all the bally-hoo touting rainbow-colored “diversity, in the end all of the temporary social constructs will be torn down to reveal the definer of persons and groups to be result of choices each has made with black and white alternatives. Note, Jesus did not say, “I am for your way and your truth and your lifestyle”. Even Jesus did not choose his own way but the Father’s. Had Jesus chosen that which was offered to him by the Satan in the desert and later by Pontius Pilate where would mankind be?

With all of the contrasts, binaries, dichotomies and lack of ambiguities in the God and human narrative that are re-voiced from start to finish, it’s as if God wanted us to “choose this day whom we will serve”.

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In C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra novel, Ransom questions the Green Lady. He is trying to understand why he was invited to Perelandra and about its world and its ways. At one point the Green Lady responds:

“Since our Beloved became a man, how can reason in any world take another form? Do you not understand? That is all over. Among times there is a time that turns a corner and everything this side of it is new. Times do not go backward.”